The motive is a question mark as Corinth police continue to investigate the attack at an East Second Street home last week.

The resident, Justin Lee Knight, 33, of 208 East Second Street, killed the assailant, John Elmer Reeves, 43. Knight has been released from Magnolia Regional Health Center after being treated for stab wounds.

Capt. Dell Green said the death of Reeves around 12:30 p.m. last Wednesday is being considered a justified homicide.

He said the car driven by Reeves was found in a dead-end area on Tishomingo Street.

“A witness had seen him approach the house with a crowbar and some gloves,” said Green. “He made contact with the homeowner at the front door and then immediately began to assault him.”

Facing an attacker with a knife, Knight was able to get to a handgun in the home and discharged it several times, striking Reeves. Although seriously injured, Knight was able to get to the home of a neighbor who called 911.

What led Reeves to Knight’s door is now the focus of the investigation.

“There doesn’t seem to be a clear connection between the two individuals,” said Green.

Knight told police he didn’t know Reeves.

The deceased had been in town for perhaps a couple of weeks, said Green, and has some family in the area. His last address on record was in Murray, Kentucky.

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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